Ormidale House - Covid 19

Ormidale House
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2020 was the most roller-coastery roller coaster of a year.  We got off to the best start ever to a year and had the most advance bookings ever, by March, for any year.  Covid then shut us down and we had to find more than £150,000 that we didn’t have to reschedule or refund clients, as we were closed and couldn’t legally fulfil their bookings.  We closed our doors on Friday 20th March and of course stayed in line with the government-ordered closure thereafter.

It was a long few months, but the recovery looked assured as we were able to re-open in July and we had unbroken occupancy until the social shutters came down again in September with the UK-wide “rule of six” followed by Scotland’s single-family only policy. This combined with Tier-related restrictions on travel led another slew of cancellations.  This looks to continue as far as the Spring.  We are rescheduling any party booked in for January to March unable to come because of Covid restrictions.

In Argyll & Bute we have never been other than in Tier Two, so we are open and ready to welcome guests to our beautiful remote houses in our beautiful area of Scotland.  But most of our parties have been unable to attend because of travel restrictions.  It is frustrating in the extreme, but of course we need to abide by the rules.  Compliance is the responsibility of the Hirer rather than the House owner in these circumstances and we cannot police exactly who attends and from what household; what we do know is that groups who break the law could risk actual police attendance, and fines.

We all have to do what we can to keep the virus at bay. 

We have new cleaning protocols in place (using the “Good to Go” guidelines developed with British Hospitality Association and Professional Association of Self Caterers) to help minimise risk and keep guests safe.  We are asking all parties to ensure they stay safe and are gathering and travelling within guidance, so inevitably there are some changes to how guests interact on the estate (over swimming pool use etc) and some hosts are bringing a differently made-up group to what they originally planned.

We are still open and are still able to host groups that conform to the law - ie parties of fewer than 20 people for a wedding and single household bubbles. 

We are taking bookings for the rest of 2021 and hope to be able to welcome you sometime during the year.  In the meantime, please stay safe, wash hands, wear masks, socially distance and avoid any unnecessary contact that can spread the virus.

Let’s hope we can all get back to normal, soon.  Very best wishes




Ormidale House
By Glendaruel - Argyll - PA22 3AF
Tel.: 01505 872515 or 07765 007798
Email: [email protected]

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